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        05-06-2009, 05:36 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Chinga is a leader, I think its cause he is a ex race horse....being in front??
         
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        05-06-2009, 06:19 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    My alpha mare is a follower on the trail. 2nd in command in the pasture is the leader - she HATES being behind anyone. She will hang back if I make her, but her preference is lead. Mom's older mare likes to lead, but will happily go anywhere in the line and she's bottom of the totem pole with the qh's. Her younger paint wants to be near the front, or dead last. My other 2 are too young to say yet. One is 2, the other is 3 and learning to carry a rider now, so, I'll have to let you know.
         
        05-06-2009, 07:47 AM
      #23
    Showing
    My qh is a leader. I'd even say LEADER. She was driving the pasture at the boarding farm after she just turned 2 years old and everyone else was following her. That was pretty hilarous to watch. Whenever I ride her with other horses I try to keep the distance because she states right away she IS a leader (and she's pretty small too).

    My paint on other hand is a follower of the qh. BUT, I've seen her being extremely mean to other horses - attacked them and beat them up. She also broke my neighbor's fence by kicking at her bossy mare. That was a shame, actually....
         
        05-06-2009, 08:01 AM
      #24
    Showing
    Neither, in the pasture she likes to go off by herself. She isn't the alpha mare but 2nd in the eating order. On the trail sometimes she wants to lead sometimes following is ok. Kinda weird really
         
        05-06-2009, 05:49 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Mine is deffinitly a leader. He's the alpha male of the entire heard, in the ring, or out in the pasture, he seems like he has no sensitivity. But with me, he's a follower, and he's actually affectionate :)
         
        05-06-2009, 07:05 PM
      #26
    Started
    Good topic! My horse is definitely a leader. She's the lead mare in the paddock and basically bosses all the horses around. If I take her on a trail ride, she wants to be at the front of the line.
         
        05-06-2009, 09:11 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    The poyn I'm riding right now barely notices other horses while in the ring, but when I try to get him to go in the middle by himself or up a trail by himself- it's "NO WAY AM I DOING THAT OMG!"
    Lol
         
        05-07-2009, 10:16 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Hey, why are there so many leaders? Kind of like asking all drivers if they are better or worse than most and 70% will say better than most!

    Anyway, my two girls: they both wanna be boss, but the younger one (Jade) is mostly boss because she's less secure so she's really more of a bully than a leader. Lisa is really the leader, but because she's happy with her settled life now, she doesn't push it. When trouble is up though, Jade takes cues from Lisa and the truth comes out.

    Hmmm... so is leader the same as boss? I'm not so sure.
         
        05-08-2009, 09:07 AM
      #29
    Trained
    Ricci does whatever the other horse wants her to do, haha. I've ridden her by herself just fine, I've ridden her with other horses and she is fine anywhere in the pack, but she lets my 9 month old boss her around. I think she is just a "horse pleaser." =]
         

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